But...I was young and naive and we were short of cash...and we would have changed a few things if we'd had the chance. Our invitations were typewritten postcards, couldn't afford posh stationary, and the reception left a fair bit to be desired! I wish we'd gone with the traditional idea of having the reception catered for by the women of the church, I've seen it work so well! We didn't, and we weren't happy with the catering, but I was too young and shy to object. So when Vince and I talked about having a twentieth wedding anniversary celebration, I wanted to do it my way!
First came the invitations, many were sent out on a Facebook event page, but I also designed my own and had them printed...
My dress was the same colour, Bekah chose red and Caitlin wore lilac, beautiful jewel colours! Vince's tie matched my dress and Dan's was red. I bought reams and reams of ribbons in the same colours and twisted them to make decorations, the cake was covered in berries of the same colours. The sweetie jar was filled with red and purple sweets, and the glowsticks were red, lilac and blue!
It rained on the day, but it didn't dampen our spirits!
So, the invitations looked good, and to rectify the food and drink served at our original reception (spicy food and concentrated carbonated apple juice...I barely ate anything and that wasn't from wedding nerves!) we went for desserts and lots of them! Trifles, cheesecakes, gateaux, pavlova, eclairs, cupcakes and much more! And we drank Schloer in all its varieties...
The plasma ball and glowsticks went down like a house on fire, and we decided to have some fun with competitions! Guess how many sweets in the jar, a selection of twenty photos to guess our ages, and a list of twenty questions to see how much everyone knew about us! We didn't realise how difficult it is to guess ages of people from photographs!
We chose to begin by sharing twenty 'Expressions of Love', memories and things we love about each other then we played twenty songs for each of our years together! It was great to feel relaxed, something we didn't feel at our reception, (we were too keen to get away) to dance and just to have fun!
We loved our party, which incorporated my fortieth birthday too, I hadn't had a party of any kind since I was about eight-years-old, so it was fulfilling in many ways! I loved my dress, I loved the music and the desserts, I loved all my friends and most of all I love (in the present tense) my husband too...♥